The Pakistan Foreign Minister announced that no foreign leaders would be invited for Imran Khan’s oath as Prime Minister. The swearing in ceremony will be held on the 11th of August. The cricketer turned politician’s party Tehreek-e-Insaaf emerged as the largest party in Pakistan’s elections.
Earlier this week there were reports of Khan wanting to invite the SAARC leaders including PM Modi for his oath ceremony. However a spokesperson from PTI stated, “Media speculation about international dignitaries attending PM oath ceremony are not correct.”
A news report suggest Khan extended his invitations to former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Bollywood actor Imran Khan. The new Pakistan PM also invited Navjot SIngh Sidhu who accepted the invitation.
The Punjab Cabinet Minister Sidhu said, “It is (a) great honour, I accept the invitation. Men of genius are admired, men of power are feared, but men of character are trusted. Khan Sahab is a man of character. He can be trusted. Sportsmen build bridges, break barriers, unite people.”
However, Amir Khan rubbished the claims of an invitation. He was quoted as saying, ” No, I am not going to Pakistan and I haven’t got an invitation for Imran Khan‘s swearing-in ceremony.”
After the 25th July elections in Pakistan, Khan’s party emerged as the single largest political group in the National Assembly. The party still lacked the numbers to form a Government but immediately created alliances to establish a coalition Government.